ABS-CBN forges partnership with Viva, Regal to air classic films on free TV

  • ABS-CBN partners with Viva Films and Regal Entertainment to air classic films on free TV
  • The two film companies granted ABS-CBN access to their vast film collections
  • This allows the network to show movies from as far as the 1970s on broadcast and online

Media conglomerate ABS-CBN partnered with two of the biggest movie production companies and was granted the rights to broadcast classic films from as far back as the 1970s.

Regal Entertainment, Inc. and Viva Films entrusted to the media network access to their respective film archives that includes award-winning movies that have left an indelible mark in Filipino popular culture.

With the new partnership, Filipinos will now be able to watch some of their classic favorites in any of the free-to-air and cable channels run by ABS-CBN, as well as digital platforms through IWanTV and ABS-CBN Mobile. The agreement also covers the rights to broadcast the films abroad through The Filipino Channel (TFC).

Insiders have pointed out that this historic partnership is one of the biggest film acquisition agreements in Philippine showbiz.

“It’s a very special partnership for ABS. It’s an important part of our history and so we are very happy to have signed this partnership with them again,” said ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak.

This also became a homecoming of sorts for Regal Entertainment, which had produced several shows for the network in the early years after the EDSA People Power in 1986, including the iconic comedy program Palibhasa Lalaki.

“They’ve been like a family to us ever since. We’ve gone back [after] more than 25 years ago, 30!” explained Regal Entertainment producer Roselle Monteverde.

For its part, Viva Films views this new agreement as an expansion of its collaboration efforts with the media conglomerate, after previously partnering with ABS-CBN in film projects.

Siyempre, sa tamang pangangalaga ng ABS, na pinagsimulan natin noong 1981. Mula noong una hanggang ngayon, e, magkasama tayo. Alam mo naman pagka sa ABS, andun lahat ang dabest Pilipino movies na mapapanood n’yo. [Of course with the proper care from ABS-CBN, which we had a relationship with since 1981. From then until now, we are still together. You know, when in ABS-CBN, you can find all the best Filipino movies you can watch],” Viva Entertainment head Vic del Rosario said about the new agreement.

Aside from the two giant film production houses, the TV network also signed an agreement with Artikulo Uno productions; thereby receiving the rights to broadcast the epic historical drama Heneral Luna.

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